Yeah, ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is about the bat. Not that flying mammal, or the derisive term used for a mother-in-law in anger…the All-American baseball bat. This wonderful piece of sporting equipment is very effective in defending yourself in addition to hitting one over the fence in center field. I know, I know, naysayers, you surely can’t carry a bat around with you wherever you travel….yada, yada. Seriously, there are several reasons to “tote” this everyday self-defense item around with you. Let’s cover them.
For those of you who wish to know, my baseball bat of choice is an aluminum “T-ball” bat, a 24” job that sits directly next to my leg and within the groove of my vehicle’s front seat. I recommend aluminum over wood for several reasons. Firstly, there’s no danger of the bat splitting at the handle or breaking apart: it is sturdily-constructed. Secondly, it will not rot or deteriorate…and the aluminum bat will not rust. Thirdly, they’re pretty cheap: you can lay your hands on one in a used sporting goods store or thrift store for between $5 to $10.
It is not just for beating someone up. The bat can also be used to bust out of the vehicle if it’s trapped and you can’t open the door. Just bust out the window with the bat, and get out. How about hiking around? You can use that bat to keep an animal at bay if need be. The point is, you may also have to protect yourself without a signature, such as the sound of a gunshot. The bat is a lot quieter in this regard.
It is also a weapon that gives you some defensive distance. Muggers coming in, a pair of them armed with switchblades? If they are after me, I’ll show them how to dance with that bat in a manner they never viewed on “Star Search.” That bat gives you the distance to strike without exposing yourself to some goon who wishes to come in close.
In the following video, the demonstrators use a baton, but the same defense movements can be used with a bat.
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